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Old 05-02-2010, 04:58 AM   #1
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Default price of beer: all grain vs. extract

not including the equipment because I know all grain cost more to do is there much of a price difference between all grain and extract brewing? Is getting all the ingredients for an all grain more expensive per batch or cheaper per batch than an extract?

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Old 05-02-2010, 05:06 AM   #2
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It will generally be cheaper for AG, how much sure I am not sure as I havent been able to take that plunge yet. However if you consider that you are actively paying somebody to extract the malt from the grain for you to use in extract batches that explains the price difference. I am not sure what efficiency you would need and Im sure it will vary a bit from place to place based on prices for different ingredients due to availability but doing it yourself will be cheaper. Obviously the higher your efficiency the less grain you will need to buy, saving you your hard earned cash.

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Old 05-02-2010, 05:10 AM   #3
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For me, AG is a little cheaper. I was doing about $50 for an extract or PM batch (5 gallons). Now at $40 - $45 for an AG batch.

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Old 05-02-2010, 05:17 AM   #4
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Man some ppl pay way too much I guess? Beernik where do you get your stuff from? I brew 5 gallons for $10-$20, $10 being a 4% blonde, $20 for the 7.5 % and 8.5 hops IPA i just brewed. Brewmasters warehouse is a great place. I just order about 6 batches at a time to take advantage of flat rate shipping. They'll give you 10% off when you make your own recipe. Hops come from Hopsdirect but even if you cant buy it bulk it should only raise the price a couple of dollars. But buying from hopsdirect makes so much sense. 1 lb for $10 or 4 oz for $10? your choice.

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Old 05-02-2010, 05:25 AM   #5
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Cheaper by a long shot. I pay 1/4 to 1/2 for AG batches that I did for extract batches.

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I do partial mashes so I guess I am in between but I pay around $25-$35 depending on the recipe. Usually around 6 pounds of grain and 4-6 pounds of liquid extract. Extract is spendy - I pay 10 bucks for 4 pounds of liquid and around $14 for 6. Hop prices just came down again at my LHBS so that helps a bit.

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Old 05-02-2010, 06:14 AM   #7
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If you are not cutting you cost by half with AG, you're not doing it right. My LHBS has a "grain card" that allows me to buy 55lbs at a time but only take what I need at a given time. $1/lb for base, $2/lb for specialty. I spend $15-18 a batch.

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Old 05-02-2010, 06:19 AM   #8
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My LHBS has a "grain card" that allows me to buy 55lbs at a time but only take what I need at a given time.
That's awesome. I need to talk to the owner @ my lhbs about something like that. Do they still crush it for free when you pick it up?
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I pay about 1/3 if I buy grain and yeast from lhbs, and hops from hopsdirect.com. We just got 5 lbs for about $50 with shipping. Just brewed up Edworts haus pale for $14 total.

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Old 05-02-2010, 07:46 AM   #10
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For me the couple of AG batches I've done its been $1 or more cheaper per pound for the grain versus the price per pound for extract.

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